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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

by 5m Editor
9 October 2008, at 7:31am

US - While the number of eggs placed was down 11 per cent, the number of broiler chicks places was down 3 per cent, reports the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Broiler-Type Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Down 11 Percent

Commercial hatcheries in the 19-state weekly program set 189 million eggs in incubators during the week ending October 4, 2008. This was down 11 percent from the eggs set the corresponding week a year earlier. Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week was 84 percent. Average hatchability is calculated by dividing chicks hatched during the week by eggs set three weeks earlier.

Broiler Chicks Placed Down 3 Percent

Broiler growers in the 19-state weekly program placed 163 million chicks for meat production during the week ending October 4, 2008. Placements were down 3 percent from the comparable week a year earlier. Cumulative placements from December 30, 2007 through October 4, 2008 were 7.03 billion, down slightly from the same period a year earlier.

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